It’s true! Camping makes you happy!

By | April 18, 2011

I saw a tweet when I logged on to Twitter this morning saying that a study had been conducted and it had been proved that camping makes you happy.

I, obviously, already know this but went to research some more and found that:

over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey proved conclusively that those people who camp are happier, have closer family relationships, are healthier, less stressed and are more socially connected.

The evidence has been collected by the Camping & Caravanning Club and you can read more about it on their Real Richness page.

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Some of the key findings include:

•93% of campers say camping can make you happier
•77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers
•21% of campers feel stressed on an average day compared to 33% of non-campers
•91% of all children say spending time exploring the outdoors with their parents makes them happy
•80% of children who camp feel their parents are less stressed when they go camping and three-quarters say their parents shout less!
•Seven in 10 people agree that camping is accessible to everyone regardless of income
•79% of kids who have never camped say they would like to
•One in three campers think that camping is a great way to lose weight
•84% of campers think camping can make you healthier and nearly half think the pastime should be prescribed on the NHS
•73% of adults suggest camping is something every child should experience and half say it should be on the national curriculum

Camping season is definitely upon us now.  We’re hoping to go away once the bank holidays are over and we’ve just booked a long weekend camping in Filey in July.  This weekend has been spent sorting the trailer out and restocking our kit and we’ll be getting the tent out on the garden next weekend to check it all over.

The findings of this survey must be true; it’s making me happier just thinking about it!

Camping with Kids

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7 Comments

Mostly Yummy on April 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm.

I honestly couldn’t agree more! We first went camping last year after much pestering from my OH and I’m now a complete convert and love it more than him! We ended up going on six camping holidays last year and intend to do the same this year.
We’re just back from a fabulous week away in the Lake District :-)

Emma on April 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm.

I’m the same. Didn’t know what to expect when we first went a few years ago and now it’s me that’s pestering hubby to go camping. I was most upset during 2009 as we couldn’t go as I was heavily pregnant then we had a newborn!

Tattooed_mummy on April 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm.

as a camp-aholic and tent lover (and occasional sniffer) this makes me happy!!Spring is here – tenting weather!!
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Emma on April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm.

Woohoo! I’m so looking forward to it

mummylimited on April 24, 2011 at 7:35 am.

I totally agree. The peace and space that we get from camping is amazing and Mini Mck loved it. We took him 2 years ago at 4mo, but last summer we went lots and he was about 15mo and loved it. So much space for him to roam.
The saddest thing about that survey is that nearly 80% of children who have never camped would like to. Imagine all that money their parents are spending on trying to keep them entertained and all they really want to to sleep in a tent.
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Nathalie on July 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm.

We are HUGE fans of camping with our vw camper – and always make time to get out into the countryside with our little one. We also hire out our campervan, with an aim to provide everything a young family might require to go on an outdoor adventure, including a side awning to hold the pushchair, potty, nappies and everything else you need. All the cutlery is plastic, there is a child’s deck chair, and we even provide special sleeping hammocks for the little ones!
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